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What Are The Odds This Ends Well?

Okay, this is the final, final piece of 2015. I thought it was the first of the new year, but no. Funny how holidays really mess up one’s sense of time and date.

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From drawing to painting, I followed my layered steps. But, I worked with a very limited palette in the process. I was playing around with how changing and reducing colour can affect the mood of a painting and the sense of depth.

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Also, let’s face it, Dean Winchester is pretty easy on the eyes. Standing in front of that face for a couple of hours is no hardship at all.

When I start with black, it’s either because it’s a very dominant colour in the piece or I really want to get the likeness spot on before I continue. In this case, it was both. As I work on a piece, the composition flows in and out of visual balance. I keep the final image, how I want the painting to turn out, in my head while I work, otherwise I lose focus. A painting out of balance is jarring and hard to work with, but getting through that to the end is so worth it.

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The above image is out of balance. Not horribly so, but still.

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Adding a new colour brings it back to balance. See how the colours work together? And there’s depth and personality in the subject.

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And these two stages above were wildly out of balance as well. Jarring to work with but I kept the final image in my head and kept going.

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“What Are The Odds This Ends Well?”

24″x12″ 

Acrylic on canvas

Prints and original for sale.